Testimony from Nancy Evano: Mom to Buddy (who was "old" for almost seven years!).
By the ACES Young At Heart definition, I had an older dog for 6 1/2 years! Buddy was young at heart until he was more than 14. He loved going for long walks and never in all his years refused to go.
A mere 6 months before he was helped to the Bridge, people were still commenting on how striking a dog he was and how they couldn't believe he was that old. Of course, when he failed, it was dramatic, but we had so many years with a happy healthy setter. And the big plus to English Setters...they have a white muzzle, so when other dogs are getting "gray" in the face, the setters still have that youthful appearance!